Weekly Tribes 2018 – 2019: What If…?

This fun energizer comes from Trevor, a principal and Tribes TLC trainer in Wisconsin. Have everyone in the group (small or whole class) write a ‘what if…?’ question on a post-it note or small piece of paper.  Then write the answer on the back.  When you do this the first time, be sure to keep […]

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Four Year-olds Start Their Day with Kindness

For those of you who teach those younger students…but this could also be easily adapted for older students!  Who wouldn’t want to start the day with a fist-bump, high five, handshake, or hug?

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Restorative Practice

This comes from Tsun Chan, a former student in the Basic Online Course (BOC) Restorative Practice and Tribes is a great fit – here it is in a high school

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Individual Homework – a Team Sport?!

This comes from Heidi, a teacher in Portland, Oregon: I use homework for both individual accountability and positive interdependence each school year. Towards the end of the year, the fourth graders participate in a simulation. They earn points for their teams in various ways and these help them move forward. Homework is one of the […]

Weekly Tribes 2018 – 2019: Be a Mr. Jensen

This is another wonderful reminder of the power of a caring and intuitive teacher.  It’s about building relationships!

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019: Taking attendance with inclusion

Check out this article from Edutopia. https://trib.al/wQnb5E0 Thanks Sandy Morse, Tribes trainer!

Weekly Tribes 2018-2019 Start the Year – Agreements

This comes from Penny, an Elementary P.E. teacher in Salt Lake City, Utah. To assess students’ understanding of the Tribes agreements I think I would write the agreements on 3×5 cards, 1 agreement/card. On one side I would write the agreement and on the other side I would write an animal sound i.e. Attentive Listening […]

Weekly Tribes is back! August 2018

Dr. Gregg Talcott, the high school principal at Brandon Valley Schools, offers personal insight in how to build community at schools. Spend 19 minutes watching this TED talk and get excited to be back at school and make your learning community.

Weekly Tribes 2018: End of the school year celebrations

Another school year is coming to a close and ‘Weekly Tribes’ is going to take a summer vacation. Here are some suggestions to celebrate the end of a great school year with your students and staff… Draw names and make a certificate for that fellow student or staff member.  Get some wallpaper samples to make […]

Weekly Tribes 2018: Nice Bike

It’s all about relationships, right?! SEL characteristics Group development process Agreements Reflection Enjoy this book and it’s connections to ‘a way of being together’ – especially if you are a motorcycle enthusiast!